Speed is of the utmost essence in modern football. It’s often the speed demons of today that cause the most damage, and they make some of the most prized possessions in world football. Nowhere is this attirbute more important than the world’s most relentlessly high-tempo league.
Here we rank the fastest players in the Premier League. It has to be noted that it is on the basis of the fastest speed any of these have clocked (consistency is not a parameter here, they may have run fast only once this season; but if it’s fast enough, it makes the list)
10. Hector Bellerin - Arsenal
Fastest Sprint - 34.77 km/h
Surprised that he only 10th?
I was too!
But everyone's favourite speed merchant only squeezes into the top ten at the very last spot. The Spanish right back had perhaps the most memorable 'fast player' moment in the early stages of this season when he made up a barely credible amount of ground to deny Pedro (who is not exactly slow) a one-on-one against Cech in that epic Arsenal victory over Chelsea
An explanation for why he doesn't have the fastest time may be that, he runs fast for much longer durations than the others on the list – either way, it's a surprising revelation that shows us just how perceptions can alter reality.
9. Maya Yoshida - Southampton
Fastest sprint - 34.78 km/h
The Japanese center back is tied on 8th , has had only appearance this season in the Premier League – against Watford early on - but showcased his thrilling pace on many an occasion during the game.
This statistic from the game probably sums up his playing style – tackles made = 0, interceptions made =5.
He uses his pace to intercept passes before the moves actually start to threaten, and his pace managed to keep the pacy Odion Ighalo and co. at bay in his lone game in the league.